Saturday, May 26, 2012

An old sign is given new life

I have had this sign sitting around for the last couple of years. At one point it had a beautiful saying about "Gratitude" however the original paper was starting to peel away and it didn't look so beautiful anymore. I couldn't bare to just toss it out so I saved it knowing at some point I would re-use it.
I came home early on Friday and by a miracle I had nothing to do, no baby, no chores and it was beautiful outside, so I started working away on this project.

I forgot to take a before photo, here is part way through sanding and scrubbing.
I took a damp scotch pad sponge and started scrubbing away, using sandpaper in the areas that had a little more glue. I didn't worry about taking all of the paint off since I knew I could primer over it.

After sanding complete, next up primer.

Priming complete.
  
After the primer dried I sprayed a few coats of Heirloom White and let dry before the final detail was added. A few weeks back I made a trip to the dollar store and came across a few vinyl phrases for... you guessed it $1! How can you go wrong? So I purchased the one below and thought I would add it on a wall somewhere in the house. 



Well it just so happens that it fits perfectly on this board. So I found it a new home and only spent $1 everything else I had on hand. I plan to hang it above the gallery wall I am working on. So stay tuned for when that becomes complete, hopefully not too long. 

  Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day weekend, I hope ya'll get to craft a little like I did!

~ Toni


Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Pop of Color...

I recently took a trip to Target in search of something to brighten my dining and living room. I saw this lampshade and fell in love with the pop of color and the design. However, I don't need lampshades nor do I even have lamps to put them on!

So I continued my search throughout the store to find something that would catch my eye. Then I found it...
Just so happens this beautiful design comes in so many things, napkins, tablecloths, place mats, etc... So I bought some napkins I just couldn't resist and I absolutely LOVE them!


I went home immediately and put them out on the table. I mixed mine with green napkins and it ties my dining room together a bit more. One room down and I still wanted something for the living room. I got to thinking why not use one of the products in this design to make pillow cases. I laid one of the napkins out and it just so happened to fit perfectly with a size pillow I already had. Sold! I went back to Target picked up one more set of napkins (sold in a pack of 4 for $9.99) sewed two napkins together and stuffed the pillow I already had inside.


Now I have two custom covered pillows for only $9.99 and I absolutely love them. They tie in great with my curtains and still add that pop of color I was looking for in the living room.